Hello everyone! I hope you’re all having a fantastic week so far? I’ve been in my new job for just over a week now and am loving it. A new job means new people, new goals and new challenges which can all be pretty daunting. So when I saw the quote “Behind every successful woman is herself” the other day; it really spoke to me. It reminded me to always keep believing in myself because behind the success of most women would have been HER drive, HER determination, HER pushing herself and most of all her believing in HERSELF.
Avocados. I just adore them. They are delicious simply sliced on toast with a heavy sprinkling of salt, mashed up as guaca-mole-mole for dipping nachos or veggies into, cubed in a refreshing salad (like my favourite Mango Avo & Macadamia Salad) or made into smashed chilli avocado (recipe) served with perfectly poached eggs! Yumm.
Anyway, in this recipe I used my beloved avocado for making a delicious pasta sauce. The sauce is rich and super creamy but still totally healthy! Just simple and fresh ingredients like avocado, garlic, basil and lemon juice whizzed all together and you’ve got yourself a green and creamy but oh so good for you pasta sauce. I served mine with zucchini pasta but feel free to have it with regular pasta; because you are saving loads of calories already with this healthy creamy avocado pasta sauce because you’re not using any butter or cream!
I spoiled myself with a new toy recently. Well it’s not really a ‘toy’. It is a super efficient tool for work, blogging and creativity: my new MacBook Air! I have to admit I am a bit of an Apple whore (excuse my language) as I have an iPhone 6, an iPad and now by new MacBook. My laptop before this was also a MacBook but it was back from like 2007, and even though it still worked pretty well, I felt I deserved a bit of an upgrade to congratulate myself on the new job! I am seriously loving my MacBook Air and how pretty is the marble skin I got for it?
I read somewhere recently that when researchers asked twelve hundred elderly people what they had most regretted in life, they were expecting dramatic stories about addictions, adultery, failed relationships or bad business deals. But the truth turned out to be very different as most of them answered the question with one simple line “I wish I had worried less about all the small and unimportant things in my life”. So remember this when you are worrying and stressing about something; ask yourself the question if in 5 years it would really still matter! And if not, just let it go, let it flow and most of all….
When it comes to cooking, I really don’t have a shortage of inspiration for new recipes. On top the of many cookbooks I own, there are all the food blogs I follow, plus my trusted Pinterest boards. This means I should really have plenty of recipe inspirational sources, but, then I can’t help myself sometimes with buying even more cookbooks! Here are three cookbooks I purchased recently and surprise surprise they are all on the healthy cooking front – maybe something to do with the little fact that summer is on it’s way?!
In my spare time I very much enjoy going to museums to get my culture fix now and again. I especially love anything to do with photography. So when I was planning to be in The Hague for a few days I got excited because I knew it meant I would get a chance to check out the Anton Corbijn exhibition at the ‘Gemeente Museum Den Haag‘. Anton Corbijn is a famous Dutch photographer, music video and film director. He’s mainly known for being the the creative director behind the visual output of bands like Depeche Mode and U2; having handled the principal promotion and sleeve photography for both bands for almost three decades. Some of his most known works include music videos for U2’s “One”, Bryan Adams’ “Do I Have to Say the Words? and Nirvana’s “Heart-Shaped Box”, as well as movies like Control (2007),The American (2010), and A Most Wanted Man (2014).
To mark the 60t birthday of Anton Corbijn, the exhibition in The Hague mainly focusses on his photography featuring highlights from all Corbijn’s series. It will start with the grainy black-and-white photos he took of many famous musicians in the 1970s and ’80s and show how he constantly expanded his horizon to address new themes and experiment with different techniques and materials in later series.
The Gemeente Museum’s building is famous in it’s own right as it was designed by Dutch architect H.P. Berlage plus the museum is renowned for its large Mondrian collection, the largest in the world. Anyway, I went here on a stunning spring day to lose myself in a bit of photography…
This Apple and Olive Oil Cake is probably one of the first cakes I ever made from Ottolenghi’s ‘The Cookbook’. It’s a total winner of a recipe. I’ve made it several times now and people always love this moist Apple and Olive Oil Cake and don’t even get me started on that out-of-this-world-delicious maple icing! Who would have thought that maple syrup would go so well with cream cheese.